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The first question to ask is does the new employer job solve your concerns or offer a better opportunity? You will be subject to some persuasive tactics from your current employer and even the recruiter if they are involved.
It is invariably a costly irritation for employers to recruit your replacement and often they will do everything they can to keep you. They may offer large sums of money or increased benefits, titles and promises for the future. They can also apply strong emotional and psychological pressure. It can be attractive and tempting to accept.
However, once they know you thought about leaving will you have a black mark against your name from then on?
There are statistics quoted all over the internet including:
80% of people to accept a counteroffer resign in 6 months anyway
9 out of 10 who accept a counteroffer are actively looking within 3-6 months
57% of people will be made a counteroffer and approx 30% will accept them
It is hard to find the actual studies relating to these facts, however, the most reliable source is the Harvard Business Review in this article https://hbr.org/2016/09/why-people-quit-their-jobs
The real issue lies in the fact that your current employer now knows you thought about leaving or worse still thinks you used the offer to gain leverage in your position. The manager’s main motivation will be to keep you in the role. After all, it is easier for them to not have to replace you right?
Really if you were so highly valued would they have waited to give you a pay rise as a counteroffer?
Should you take the counter offer – here are 10 points to consider…
Really the main one is something you already know and it is this…
Accepting a counteroffer rarely changes the factors that drove you to look for a new job in the first place.
The only person that really has your best interest in mind is you. Your boss is just concerned about how this reflects on him/her or how it may impact the project or team or company. If the opportunity is best for your career do you think they are considering that in the counteroffer?
If you really had a concern that you thought they could solve you would have or should have had the conversation before you start on the job search journey. By interviewing and entering into career discussions you have already started the train leaving from the station. Make the best decision for yourself and face toward the future.
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